The chilly weather of winter is on its way and it pays to be prepared
With the year flying by, soon the cold weather will be upon us. While it can certainly be a relief to escape the summer heat, there are certain things you can do to ensure your property is ready for winter.
As a home owner, being ready for winter can save you a lot of time and potentially money. It can also freshen up your property.
1. Heating system filter clean out
If you have a ducted heating system, cleaning it can be an important step to maintaining its effectiveness and performance during the colder months.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure your cleaning efforts are thorough.
Firstly, the quality of the air filter fitted in your system is very important. Make sure your system has a good-quality air filter and that it is changed twice a year.
Another step you can take is to clean the vent grates. By washing them in warm soapy water thoroughly then allowing them to dry, you can remove any build-up of grit and dust.
Look for anything large at the bottom of the vent when cleaning them. If you can see debris gently remove it then vacuum away any leftover dust. It is important to act with care so you don’t damage the vent.
Sometimes things just fall down in your vents. From spills to small toys, it happens to all of us. The best course of action is to clean it with a damp cloth, then dry the area as well as you can.
If your ducted system uses filters in its vent grates to trap dirt and dust they should also be washed and dried frequently.
In some cases, you may need to get a professional to clean your system. This is particularly the case if there is mould growing in the ducts or other parts of the system. These sorts of problems can be potentially hazardous to you and your family’s health.
2. Autumn clean
While springtime is the traditional time for the annual big clean of your home, an autumn clean can be just as important. Coming out of the summer months, it can be good in preparation for the coming cold weather.
Often in summer your windows and doors are open to get relief from the heat. The trade-off with this can be that more dust can get into your home.
A thorough pre-winter clean can be a great step to freshening up you home. This is particularly the case with windows, as it is very easy for them to accumulate dirt and grit without it being too obvious.
3. Check window and door seals
To make sure your seals are working as they are meant to, they should be inspected at least once a year.
The first thing to do is a simple visual inspection of your windows. Look at the points where your window meets the wall or the sash meets the frame. If there are any gaps or light coming in, there is possibility your seals are no longer sealed.
Other visible indications include cracked, discoloured, lose or missing sealants.
Look at the panes of glass for signs of moisture. Moisture getting in is a clear sign that the seals on your windows are no longer working.
4. Fences and gates
Like any outdoor part of your home, fences and gates will take a beating during the summer months.
Often, it can be the case that they require some minor maintenance.
If any major damage has been done then you may be required to use some sandpaper to correct it. Once this has been done a fresh coat of paint is just the thing to improve and give you gate or fence a fresh look.
Lubricate joints on any gates to ensure that they have a full range of motion also. It is also a good time to check for any potential rust.
Even if you are certain that your fence or gate seem fine, it can be a safe bet to give it a quick look over anyway for any problems.
1. Invest in a set of warm sheets
On those long and cold winter nights, one of the best ways to keep the cold at bay is a comfortable set of flannelette sheets.
Made from fine and durable fabric, they are ideal for those looking to remain snug as a bug in a rug in the heart of winter.
2. Winter clothing on sale
Before the bargains stop, try and find what winter clothing is on sale. The warmer months of the year can be a goldmine for the seasoned, thrifty shopper.
The chilly weather can really sneak up on you. When it comes to winter, it is best to be prepared and have your home ready to face the cold.